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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

Spy Handler Not to be outdone (169 comments)

Vladimir Putin announced on Russian Times that he will jump from the Mir space station at an altitude of 300,000 kilometers to celebrate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad.

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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Spy Handler Obola (352 comments)

In this case we have a full blown Ebola outbreak and the fucking retarded administration wants to keep open transport because they're afraid it would look like discrimination.

What you're describing is Obola.

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Spy Handler How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (286 comments)

didnt RTFA but seriously? Google car can't recognize a red light??

I would've thought some of the better Slashdotters could write software that recognizes a traffic light from a camera feed, let alone the geniuses at Google.

3 days ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

Spy Handler Re:Solar powered drones (99 comments)

presumably these drones make so much electricity during the day from solar panels that they store the surplus into batteries, and run off the batteries at night.

Only problem I see is that both solar panels and lithium batteries weight too much and don't generate/store enough juice. So all this is just pipe dreaming until some super breakthroughs happen. Which might be never.

3 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Spy Handler Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (767 comments)

The only thing responsible for a "lack of women coders" is that fewer women than men are interested in software development as a career path. So what? I have yet to hear a convincing argument as to why this is a problem

It's a problem for career feminists only. Well actually it's not so much a problem as it is a job. Feminists get outraged and demand justice, it's what they do. When there is no injustice to be found, they create one.

4 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Spy Handler No it was Apple in 1984 (767 comments)

the computer establishment was shown as Big Brother and all the tech workers were depicted as mindless slaves. All shown in dull black and white footage.

Then comes running a feisty young woman in colorful athletic clothes. She hurls a hammer and destroys the system. Lesson: girls hate computers and break them!

4 days ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

Spy Handler Re:I'm still waiting... (161 comments)

Where is it illegal? Certainly not the US. Social Conservatives argued that federal funds were not to be used on embryonic research. That's not making it illegal. It was only illegal to create, grow and harvest embryos for the purpose of research - that's not the same thing as making it *illegal*.

If you say "Gov't has decided to not fund project X"... yawn, boring. Not newsworthy.

Better to say "Gov't BANS X and makes it ILLEGAL to study X" (with a tiny disclaimer at the bottom saying "while using federal funds"). Now it sounds like gov't is teh evil, spawning much outrage.

4 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Spy Handler Re:You can Detect 3D Printed Gun (329 comments)

I'd like to know about the plastic barrels, chambers, firing pins and other sundry parts designed to handle existing ammunition. Is there a printable plastic that is strong and light enough to print a firearm that can be fired more than once without using ANY metal?

No. But a single-use firearm can still be useful. Watch the movie "In the Line of Fire" (1993) with Clint Eastwood. Assassin makes a dual barrel polymer handgun and he gets off 2 shots at the President. He would've succeeded had Clint Eastwood not jumped in front of the target and blocked the bullets.

For ammo and springs he still had to use regular metal parts, so he hid them in a keychain and walked through the metal detector without them.

4 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Spy Handler I'm sorry what is collecting what? (243 comments)

Sounds like something to do with medicine and pharmacy.

Yeah I know RTFA TL;DR yada yada

5 days ago
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'Endrun' Networks: Help In Danger Zones

Spy Handler Re:So, mesh? (28 comments)

So just a mesh network with multipath capability then?

don't forget the interplanetary capability!

5 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Spy Handler She would've flunked the sperm test (200 comments)

cos she has no sperm.

(and no I'm not kidding, they tested your sperm to see if you qualified as part of Project Mercury)

5 days ago
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South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

Spy Handler 20 million out of 50 million stolen? (59 comments)

Is that really true? How can 40% of your entire country's population have their identities stolen and still have a functioning economy? Man those Koreans are really tough.

Didn't RTFA but I wonder if their reliance on IE6 and ActiveX had anything to do with this...

about a week ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

Spy Handler What equations? (89 comments)

Creating this kind of curved spacetime in the lab won't reveal any new physics but it will allow researchers to study the behavior of existing laws under these conditions for the first time. That's not been possible even in theory because the equations that describe these behaviors are so complex that they can only be solved in the simplest circumstances.

Are they talking about general relativity equations?

about a week ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Spy Handler Re:You want an idea? How about we fund NASA? (351 comments)

I'm sorry but NASA is a bloated bureaucracy. Just throwing money at it and letting it do whatever it wants would be a horrible idea.

However NASA did pretty good recently with the fixed-price contracts to private companies (SpaceX) for specific targets. We need more of these. Kill the cost plus defense industry contracts, kill the SLS and everyone connected with that clusterfuck, completely neuter Congress so that indivdual congresscritters looking for pork barrel have no influence on any project whatsoever.

about two weeks ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Spy Handler Re:Begin planning use of Lockheed's fusion power (351 comments)

We don't have to wait 10 years for Lockheed to make the fusion reactor work. Fission rockets are plenty powerful, enough to rule the solar system.

Plus there's always the chance that Lockheed fusion turns out to be a dead end and we're left with nothing.

Behold, the gaseous core nuclear thermal rocket, Liberty ship

3,060 ISP
1,000 ton payload to LEO

But since it's eeevil nuclear power (and fission at that), it will never get built in the US. But hopefully in the future China or some other country not under the thumb of enviro-liberals will step up and build it.

about two weeks ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Spy Handler How about Teen Titans? (187 comments)

seems a better prospect than a Shazam or Aquaman movie.

about two weeks ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Spy Handler Re:It only takes one ... (381 comments)

Yes it would be.

It's just a lame attempt by a leftist nutter to shift blame onto the evil Republicans. A crazy doomsday prepper holed up in a mountain cabin is just about the last person on earth you need to worry about in an Ebola outbreak.

Also note how he tries to deflect Ebola responsibility to the Texas governor. As if Rick Perry had any power over CDC or US customs and immigration.

Sorry dude, you can try to make it Rickbola all you want, but Obola is what's gonna stick because the responsibility lies with him.

about two weeks ago

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Steve Ballmer To Ban L.A. Clippers From Using Apple Products

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about a month ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft who recently purchased the basketball team Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, will ban the use of Apple products by his team. Ballmer is no longer working for Microsoft but is still the largest individual shareholder, with about 4 percent of the company worth $15.7 billion."
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How Russia Should Respond to U.S. Olympic Snub with Snowden

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 10 months ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "In a move that can only be interpreted as a snub against Russia's recent anti-gay laws, U.S. will be sending openly gay athletes as part of its delegation to the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, without President Obama or any other high ranking government official in attendance. Score one point for USA, most of us can agree that such anti-gay laws are unjust with no place in a modern civilized society. However, Russia can score its own point in rebuttal and highlight the log in America's own eye — NSA's global internet surveillance — by inviting Edward Snowden to the opening ceremony. Bonus point for having him light the Olympic torch."
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Verizon Programmer Caught Outsourcing Own Job To China

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In 2012 when Verizon discovered that its corporate systems were being accessed by someone in China, it launched an investigation. Initially thought to be a case of industrial espionage or a malicious hacker, it turns out that one of their own employees had contracted his programming job out to a team in China. The programmer, man in his mid 40's identified only as "Bob", would show up for work, watch cat videos and surf Reddit (among other things), while the contractors in China did the work he was supposedly doing. He paid them one-fifth of the 6-figure salary he was getting from Verizon.

And over the past several years, Bob received excellent performance reviews of his "clean, well written" coding. He had even been noted as "the best developer in the building." However, Bob has been fired after his scheme was discovered."

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NASA To Test Bigelow Inflatable Module Aboard ISS

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "NASA has announced that it has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to build an inflatable module for the International Space Station. Details of the project will be announced Wednesday at Bigelow’s headquarters in Las Vegas.

Seems like all the pieces for a privately-built space renaissance are starting to fall into place. When the Falcon Heavy goes operational to provide cheap launches, we could finally have the spaceflight boom that space enthusiasts have been dreaming of."

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HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "A software update of the California welfare computer system (CalWIN) caused 37,000 Food Stamp recipients to lose their EBT (a credit card paid for by the government) benefits last weekend. According to the article, Hewlett Packard was responsible for the failed update of CalWIN, but at 8:00 a.m. today Xerox (who administers another state welfare system called CalFresh) issued a patch that reactivated the EBT cards."
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Google Threatened Acer with Banishment from Android

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In a Microsoft-esque move, Google threatened Acer with banishment from Android if it went ahead with its new cellphone project with Alibaba (China's version of Amazon), using an OS called Aliyun. Acer has remained silent on the issue, but Alibaba reports that they received notification from Google, stating "if the new product launch with Aliyun went ahead, Google would terminate Android product cooperation and related technical authorization with Acer." Possible reason for Google's upset is that the Aliyun OS, which is not Android, can run Android apps as well as its own."
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SpaceX Dragon Launch To ISS Set For April 30th

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "NASA announced today a tentative April 30th date for SpaceX launch to the International Space Station on an unmanned cargo mission.

"Everything looks good as we head toward the April 30 launch date," said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations.

If successful, SpaceX will become the first private company to launch a space vehicle and dock with the ISS."

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Apple and Samsung Rake In 95% of Mobile Phone Profits

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "The race for mobile domination appears to be a two-horse race. According to a new CNET report, Apple took in a whopping 80 percent of all profits in the mobile phone business last quarter — that's counting all cell phones, not just smartphones. Samsung came in second, reaping 15 percent of the profits. Everyone else was left scrambling for crumbs.

Perhaps the release of Windows 8 phones can turn the tide and prevent a Apple-Samsung duopoly from taking place."

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Free Hotel Wi-Fi Overwhelmed by iPads

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "According to iBAHN, a firm that provides Wi-Fi and computer services to hotels, free Wi-Fi networks are struggling to cope with the huge increase in traffic since the iPad was released.

"The iPad is the fastest-selling device in consumer electronics history, and because of it the demand placed on any public place Wi-Fi system has gone up exponentially in the last year and a half," said David W. Garrison, chief executive of iBAHN.

Hotels are now facing a tough choice; keep Wi-Fi free and risk angering customers with slow internet, upgrade their internet pipe and charge customers for Wi-Fi (which also might anger customers), or upgrade their internet and eat the costs."

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Tearing Down iPhone 4S reveals 512MB RAM

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 3 years ago

Spy Handler writes "ComputerWorld is reporting that tearing down the just-released iPhone 4S reveals an A5 processor and 512MB of RAM.

"How do we know it's 512MB? Check out the marking, specifically 'E4E4,' denoting two 2Gb LPDDR2 die — for a total of 4Gb — or 512MB."

What's baffling to me — since I have yet to drink the Kool-aid and am unfamiliar with Apple hardware — is why did it take disassembling the phone and examining chip markings to deduce the amount of RAM in the system? In Linux and Windows, you type in one command and it tells you. Or simply looking at the box usually shows the processor, RAM and HDD size"

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Would You Vote For a Programmer President?

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Herman Cain, one of the current front-runners in the race for the Presidency of the U.S., has a master's degree in Computer Science (and a bachelor's degree in Mathmatics). As a Slashdotter, would this fact affect your vote favorably toward him?

Contrast this with your typical politician, most of whom have a law degree and majored in something in liberal arts as an undergraduate. (Mr. Obama was a Political Science major and has a law degree)"
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NASA's Space Launch System: a Critical Analysis

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Jerry Pournelle has posted a quick analysis of NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) on his website. His two main criticisms involve:

1. Usage of the Shuttle main engines. "Those were developed to be reusable, and they are expensive because of that. They are in fact magnificent engines and thoroughly reusable if operated at 90-95% of rated capacity; it’s not their fault that they had to be run at 103% and above to fly Shuttle. But they were developed to be reusable, and that adds greatly to their cost."

2. Usage of SRBs. "You don’t want recoverable solid rockets in the first place. The operations are a nightmare, and the design has to be compromised so that the impact on the water does not destroy the thing, and it has to float. All that changes the design and affects performance. There is no good reason ever to recover a solid booster, which is, after all, a big sewer pipe stuffed with guncotton and leached with nitroglycerine....

The only reason we ever came up with any notion as mad as a segmented solid booster was that the SRB had to be made in Utah because of political constraints. If you make a booster that size in Utah it has to be segmented because you can’t ship it by rail or on the highway – the curves are too sharp and the tunnels are not big enough. You would have to make it in Michoud Louisiana and ship it by barge to Canaveral. That is possible but Louisiana isn’t Utah. Apparently the new NASA design is worried about the Utah Senatorial votes to this day."


His widely read 2000 paper titled How To Get To Space provides excellent insights into the X-programs and is well worth reading."

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Japan Does Not Face Another Chernobyl

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In spite of the sensationalist stories on the Japan earthquake by U.S. media , which is giving the public an impression of a nuclear holocaust at the power plants and generally spreading anti-nuclear F.U.D., the reality is actually quite different... and not so dire. According to this article — which contains actual info about the reactors involved and how they function — everything worked exactly as the designers intended in a natural disaster scenario such as this, there will be no Chernobyl, and the public is not in danger of developing green skin and turning into the Hulk."
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Pickens Plan comes to a wimpering end

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "In 2008, billionaire T. Boone Pickens unveiled his "Pickens Plan" on national TV, which calls for America to end its dependence on foreign oil by increasing use of wind power and natural gas. Over the next two years, he spent $80 million on TV commercials and $2 billion on General Electric wind turbines. Unfortunately market forces were not favorable to Mr. Pickens, and in December 2010 he announced that he is getting out of the wind power business.

What does he plan to do with his $2 billion worth of idle wind turbines? He is trying to sell them to Canada, because of Canadian law that mandates consumers to buy more renewable electricity regardles of cost."

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Americans' Support for Nuclear Power Highest Ever

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "According to a new Gallup poll, 64% of Americans favored nuclear power as a means for generating electricity.

Though a majority of Americans has long supported nuclear power, Gallup said the latest rating is the highest since it began polling on the issue in 1994.

71% of Republicans supported nuclear, while 51% of Democrats did so."

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Software Engineer Flies Plane into IRS Building

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "A software engineer flew his small airplane into an office building in Austin, Texas today. Fortunately none of the 199 IRS employees who work there were killed, even though the crash caused a massive fire that gutted the building.

The pilot, Joseph Stack, was the founder of a small software company that apparently had tax problems with the government, and he posted a disgruntled suicide note on his company webite. (archived version here.)"

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Los Angeles City Website Crashed by MJ Memorial

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Spy Handler writes "The City of Los Angeles spent $1.4 million to provide security for Michael Jackson's memorial service on Tuesday, mostly in overtime pay for approximately 3000 police officers. Since the city was already in the midst of a severe budget crisis, it actively sought out donations from MJ fans, by asking them to go to the city's website and sending them money. (there is a prominent link at the top of the home page that says "JACKSON EVENT DONATIONS")

Unfortunately the website simply could not handle the surge in traffic and crashed repeatedly on Tuesday and Wednesday, one of them lasting for 12 hours. As of Wednesday the city has only received $17,000 in donations.

A quick check of the city's website reveals that it is running Sun Java Web Server 6.1"

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Nazi Stealth Bomber Built and Tested

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Spy Handler writes "The Horton 229 Flying Wing, one of the more famous "Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe" produced in the latter days of WWII, is noted for its striking similarity to the modern B-2 Stealth Bomber. The question remained, "How effective would it have been against Allied air defenses of the day?". Unfortunately no surviving example existed for testing... until now. Northrop Grumman, on its own time and money, built a replica using the original blueprints and conducted radar tests. The result? Very good for the Nazis, bad for Allied defenses trying to detect it.

National Geographic Channel will be airing a new documentary about this on Sunday July 5th. (Although Nat Geo calls it "Hitler's Stealth Fighter", the size and shape of the aircraft dictates that it wouldn't have been used for anything other than dropping bombs)"

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